Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
84% Villains (2019) A fairly funny black comedy. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
No Score Yet Imprisoned (2019) It's both flat and overheated. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
44% The Wedding Year (2019) A slight romantic comedy... It does feel like we've seen this before, but the [the stars] do have nice romantic chemistry. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
86% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) I love this documentary... Up close and intimate. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Racist in addition to being offensive in its sadism. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
88% Diego Maradona (2019) I think [Asif Kapadia] can make anyone interesting... This is almost like the third part of [his] trilogy about what can happen to you with early fame. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
100% Paris Is Burning (1991) The way that [director Jennie Livingstone] looks at the subculture and just lets them tell their own stories is just so wonderful. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
100% The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre) (1982) It's so superbly acted and it's kind of about acting. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
21% Phil (2019) I kind of appreciate that it was trying to take a different take on suicide... Unfortunately, Stephen Mazur's script just doesn't work. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) This is a very quiet and understated observational drama. It's not just quiet, but patient... It's also very compassionate. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
64% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) You feel like you've walked into someone's couples therapy session. You're locked in there with them and you're desperately looking for a way out. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Fascinating, even if you're not a rabid jazz fan. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) It felt like like a made-for-TV, disposable [film]... It's not anything special. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
62% Yesterday (2019) There was too much Richard Curtis and not enough Danny Boyle in this case. I didn't feel like it was a melding of their voices that went particularly well. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) I was never, even for one second, feeling the length... I found it so unsettling and sinister. At moments it was a little uneven, but it's so watchable and gets under your skin in a really creepy way. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
94% Rafiki (2019) I really like this film and I think [director] Wanuri Kahiu is definitely someone to watch. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
38% El Chicano (2019) It does have some riveting moments and some very strong acting. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
34% Poms (2019) These women deserve so much better... It feels forced and problematic. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) A generally unfunny and regressive remake. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) It definitely piques your interest about her work. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) A taut and affecting thriller. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) There's a claustrophobic, almost airless feeling to this -- it's almost suffocating, but it's always compelling. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) A very witty, smart, eye-opening and entertaining documentary. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) It's so evocative and impressionistic... Hypnotically watchable. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) It's fitfully entertaining. I will say that Jonathan Pryce is perfect in [this] role. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The performances are good, but I wanted more complexity for the original folk tale of La Llorona. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
38% I'm Not Here (2019) It's an interesting story... [But] I don't think it holds together well as a coherent story. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
81% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) A fairly enjoyable documentary. Cheerful and intriguing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
94% Transit (2019) It's beguiling and kind of a labyrinth of a movie... Very timely. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) A really well-acted character study. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) [Julianne Moore] is always terrific, but she gives an especially terrific, well-rounded performance here. It's nuanced, vulnerable, strong, funny, emotionally rich and textured. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
43% The Prodigy (2019) There are a couple moments when it works... [but] I would say go back and watch The Omen or The Bad Seed [instead]. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
11% Berlin, I Love You (2019) It has multiple stories and none of them are interesting. Berlin deserves better! - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
36% Untogether (2019) Follows several screwed up, trendy, aging hipster Angelenos who you really don't care about... It's awkwardly paced [and] the stories are wan. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Atmospheric and evocative... It's not the best of Farhadi, but even a lesser Farhadi is better than most films. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) I think the paring of [Steven Soderbergh] and Tarell Alvin McCraney is inspired. It's such a beautiful, sharp, layered script. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
44% What Men Want (2019) Felt like it might have had some sharpness and some bite, but ended up being defanged. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) It's cute and funny. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
27% Mortal Engines (2018) It's got an interesting look, but it's a bloated story. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) It's a very harrowing portrait... Zain Al Rafeea is amazing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Lyrical and very transporting. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
81% This is not Berlin (2019) Both edgy and sensitive... It doesn't go in the directions that you necessarily expect. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) It conveys the sense of destruction that's come with all the narco trafficking, but it also has this really beautiful fantasy element that's woven throughout. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) It made me totally want to go see [Fiddler on the Roof] again... A really enlightening documentary. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The franchise has fallen and it can't get up. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Where the animated original had an endearingly cheery anthropomorphism, with wide eyes and cute expressions, this lacks that. You're marveling at the beauty of the animals, but it just doesn't work with the material. - NPR's Morning Edition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 86% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The Insult provides a valuable, fascinating and hard-hitting history lesson on Middle East politics, particularly the plight of Palestinians. It instructs, but offers no easy answers. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/4 70% Coming Through The Rye (2016) The film is undermined by distracting elements, like scenes in which Jamie breaks the fourth wall and addresses the camera directly with snarky asides. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book is a glib, caricatured and insensitive movie that reduces an enduring, dangerous societal problem to a calculated fable with a happy ending. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
96% Roma (2018) An exhilarating masterpiece, Roma is at once quintessentially Mexican and profoundly universal. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018